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Old 04-27-2012, 07:37 AM
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Suggestion: different colour for active tab

Hi,

I'd like to suggest the following improvement: the ability to set a different colour for the active tab (under Options > Tabs > Appearance). Right now the only difference between an active and an inactive tab is that the active tab has the label in bold.

If you have a lot of connected SSH sessions, it can take some time until you find the bold tab among your session since they all have the same colour (see screenshot).

Being able to set a different colour for active and inactive tab would allow the user to quickly focus on the active session.

Thorsten
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:24 AM
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Hi thorsten,

I think SecureCRT may already have what you're requesting. It looks like you're talking about tab colors, as in Show status indications as Background colors option in Global Option / Terminal / Tabs.

My current preferences are light green Active tab. Charcoal gray Inactive tab. Disconnected tabs are red, and New Input is baby blue. The active tab turns the inactive color after the inactivity status timer expires. The timer is configurable through the Show inactivity status after 'n' seconds option.

Is this along the lines of what you're wanting?
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:52 AM
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Sorry, "inactivity" and inactive tab is not the same. I mean "active tab" = "selected tab" and "inactive tab" = "not selected tab". The "Inactivity" option in tabs means "nothing changed on the screen".
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:35 AM
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Thanks Thorsten,

I think I see what you're saying. I'll add your request to our database and we'll post a follow up message if this feature is implemented.

My current settings end up working the way you describe, "active tab" = "selected tab" and "inactive tab" = "not selected tab" because I have Trace Options enabled in the File menu. With Trace Options enabled, some debugging data appears in the terminal window - it's not sent to the remote but it does appear as text on window, and this counts as new text, which triggers activity, then the inactivity color takes over after time elapses. If you don't mind trace option debug text (I actually find it comforting, go figure), then maybe this would be an acceptable workaround for you?

Alternatively, you can map a button to run a script which would will cause the Active tab to blink and say "Active" in the title. It's not the color change, but it does make it pretty obvious which tab is active.
Code:
Set objTab = crt.GetActiveTab

strCurCaption = objTab.Caption
For i = 1 To 6
    If objTab.Caption <> String(10, " ") Then
        objTab.Caption = String(10, " ")
        crt.Sleep(150)
    Else
        objTab.Caption = "Active"
        crt.Sleep(200)
    End If
Next

crt.Sleep(200)
objTab.Caption = strCurCaption
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